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When Macklemore sang “You know I feel good about these crêpes,” we felt that. Whether you’re a basic crêpe specialist or a buttermilk crêpe groupie, chances are you want a special pan to perfect your recipe. But what’s so special about a crêpe pan, aside from all the delicious brunch recipes in your future? Read on for all the details.
If you’re wondering whether pancakes and crêpes are the same, you've come to the right place. Made without baking powder, crêpes are the thinner, crispier, and dare we say cooler French cousin of pancakes. They’re perfect vehicles for all your favorite toppings, from the classic chocolate and banana combo to savory fillings like mushrooms and cheese. Read on for all the do’s and don’ts of shopping for a crêpe maker.
To really boost your breakfast game, check out our recommendations for the best waffle irons.
Our top picks
- Best Crêpe Pan: Lodge 10.5-Inch Cast-Iron Griddle
- Best Electric Crêpe Maker: CucinaPro Electric Crêpe Maker
- Best Budget Crêpe Maker: Chefman 12-Inch Electric Crêpe Maker
- Best Splurge Crêpe Maker: Le Creuset Enameled Cast-Iron Crêpe Pan
- Best Crêpe Pan for Beginners: Cuisinart Chef's Classic Crêpe Pan
- Easiest to Clean Crêpe Pan: Le Creuset Toughened Nonstick Crêpe Pan
- Best Electric Crêpe Maker For A Crowd: Proctor Silex Electric Crêpe Maker
- Best Portable Crêpe Maker: de Buyer Crêpe Pan
How we picked these products
To find the best crêpe makers, we turned to our friends at the Good Housekeeping Institute. Their team of on-staff experts—which includes all types: engineers! data analysts! registered dietitians!—rigorously put everyday products to the test (and then more and more tests) in their New York City-based labs to determine which ones you can trust. They tested a variety of crêpe pans and electric crêpe makers to see which ones were c'est magnifique and which ones were, well, crêpey (we had to). They evaluated everything from ease of use and cleanability to features and the finished crêpes’ quality (because who likes undercooked crêpe?!) to determine these top-rated picks.
How do I choose a crêpe maker?
Cooking surface: There are three types of cooking surfaces your crêpe pan or maker can have: Cast iron, nonstick, or enameled cast iron. The ever-popular cast iron is consistent in terms of performance and temperature and will withstand years of wear and tear. Cast-iron models can withstand higher temperatures than others, but that means they’re also heavier and more difficult to wield.
Enameled cast iron is easily the most expensive of the three options. It’s less conductive and lacks the seasoning from the built-up patina on standard cast iron. It's also more compatible with acidic foods, a breeze to clean, and better at distributing heat.
If you’re looking for the most lightweight option that’s the perfect balance between ease of use and cleanability, nonstick is the way to go. That being said, nonstick needs to be replaced over time (usually about every five years) and can’t withstand higher temperatures like regular and enameled cast-iron options.
Size: For most home chefs, you won’t need a crêpe pan or maker that’s larger than 10 to 12 inches in diameter, though you can find pans as big as 16 inches. If you plan to make grilled cheese, tortillas, even naan bread on your crêpe pan, 12 inches works great.
Accessories: There are a lot of different accessories these kitchen gadgets can come equipped with, but there’s only one we think is truly worth your time: a spreader. These little tools can come in the form of a flat spatula or rounded pusher (like those smooth rakes you’d find in your high school guidance counselor’s rock garden), and make it super easy to spread your batter and flip and fold your crêpes.
Kaitlin Mahar is a California-based freelance writer covering the shopping and lifestyle beats. When she's not sharing her passion for the Oxford comma with anyone who will listen, she is a proud cat parent, avid yogi, tea enthusiast, and co-host and co-producer of the podcast "Crime Culture".
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